New F1 technology for 2014 intrigues “Professor” Prost

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Considering that he bears the nickname of “The Professor,” it’s no wonder four-time Formula One World Champion Alain Prost is interested in the new technology that will debut in the 2014 F1 season.

The new 2014 challengers set to take the grid will feature turbo-charged V-6 engines and new energy recovery systems, marking a major change from the 2.4-liter, normally aspirated V8 units that were in use from 2006 to this past season.

For the technically savvy Prost, it also marks a return to, as he put it recently to French website AutoHebdo.fr, “the essence of competition.”

He admits that he is fascinated by the new regulations, and as a result, he has had the urge to wish for something he hadn’t wished for in recent F1 campaigns.

“For the past few seasons, I have never said, ‘It would be nice to be driving now,'” he said to the French site. “But for 2014, I really would like to be.”

Prost has a bit of a stake in the upcoming engine war as he currently serves as an ambassador for Renault, which powers reigning World Champion Red Bull.

Renault, Mercedes and Ferrari will be engine manufacturers in the debut season for the V6s, with Honda coming on board in 2015 with the McLaren team.

Social roundup: Racing world largely outraged by Verstappen penalty

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The discussion over Max Verstappen’s post-race five-second time penalty assessed in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix, issued when he tried to the inside of Kimi Raikkonen at the Turns 16, 17 and 18 carousel complex at Circuit of The Americas, will roll on far beyond today.

The debate today largely centered over consistency in adjudication and application of the rules, track limits themselves (always a sore subject at COTA given its wide runoff areas) or whether there should be permanent stewards.

In the immediate aftermath, though, Twitter lit up with outrage over Verstappen being assessed a five-second post-race time penalty.

Here’s a mere sampling of the reaction, below.